WHITE ROCK â€” A new candidate has come forward in the White rock civic election.
Dennis Lypka, a longtime watcher of city council, has decided to put his name on the ballot after becoming fed up with what he sees as a developer-friendly council.
Having lived in White Rock since 2002, the first-time council candidate said heâ€™s tired with seeing the current council seemingly rubber stamp any and every development that seems to come before them.
â€œIâ€™m probably like a lot of people that came to White Rock, I came here by choice and have noticed that thereâ€™s been lots of change,â€ he said referring to an increase in high-density developments. â€œThe way everything is going, itâ€™s going to be a concrete jungle.â€
If elected, Lypka said he wants to bring a community voice back to the council table to ensure that the communityâ€™s best interests are being served, not just developers.
â€œIâ€™m certainly not anti-development but things have got to be planned properly,â€ he said.
Lypka said of particular concern are the many spot amendments that seem to have been made over the past few years allowing developments in zones that they normally wouldnâ€™t be.
â€œFor having two square miles of city weâ€™ve got over 70 different zoning varieties,â€ he said. â€œIt seems that it becomes more important that any development goes in than making sure itâ€™s whatâ€™s right for our community. I want to see something that addresses the needs and concerns of the citizens as well.â€
Finally, Lypka said he felt that after being critical of certain developments and the way that council has handled them, it was time for him to finally do something about it.
â€œI figured it was to put up or shut up and move,â€ he said. â€œI always thought there was a right and wrong and that you should do things as best you can. As I watch things I see so many flaws and deficiencies and if you canâ€™t even live within the process how are you going to get any kind of result thatâ€™s going to be good for anybody?
â€œI donâ€™t have any favours to pay back, I donâ€™t have any developers backing me.â€
The civic election takes place Nov. 15.